The final resting place of many of France's national heroes.
The Panthéon is situated in the Latin Quarter of Paris. Originally built as a church dedicated to St. Genevieve and to house the reliquary chasse containing her relics. However, after many changes, it now functions as a secular mausoleum containing the remains of distinguished french citizens. As an early example of neo-classicism, it has a facade modeled on the Pantheon in Rome, surmounted by a dome that owes a lot of its character to Bramante's "Tempietto".
Originally intended as the replacement for the ruined Eglise Sainte-Geneviève, soon after completion the building was changed to a mausoleum for great Frenchmen and this remains its function today.
Only the most important figures in French culture and society are interred here - among the great names are Voltaire, Rousseau, Victor Hugo, Emile Zola, Louis Braille, Alexandre Dumas and the architect of this monument to France's national heroes, Jacques-Germain Soufflot.
Place du Panthéon, 75005 Paris, France
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